Bill Gates Presented Vaccine for Religious Fundamentalism to Pentagon

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Video shows Bill Gates presenting vaccine for religious fundamentalists to Pentagon

Reuters – May 13, 2020

A post shared widely on social media purports to show a leaked video of Bill Gates presenting a vaccine plan to “immunize” religious fanatics, to the Pentagon, the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense. The video is considered a hoax that has been circulating for years.

Examples of the recent posts can be seen here , here and here . Older versions link the purported “leaked video” to a government conspiracy or plan to eradicate religious freedoms (here , here). The hoax has led to many false conspiracy claims, including a website dedicated to this “plan” titled, “Stop FunVax Now!” ( funvax.wordpress.com/about/ ).

Broadly, the four to five minute video (depending on versions) shows a man presenting a slideshow on the “VMAT2”, or “God gene” and a vaccine called “FunVac” or “FunVax” to eliminate it. The discussion with the attendees includes the argument that religious fundamentalists would pose less of threat if they receive this vaccine. The presenter claims the proposal for this plan has “just been submitted”. He concludes by claiming the project has “great promise”.

It is clear, by looking at higher definition versions of this video, that the presenter is not Bill Gates (higher resolution version visible here ). A spokesperson for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation confirmed to Reuters via email that the video does not show Bill Gates.

VMAT2 is the scientific name for “Vesicular monoamine transporter 2”, a protein that carries neurotransmitters such as dopamine, encoded in humans by the SLC18A2 gene ( here ). A study on VMAT2 interacting with drugs is visible here , while another on VMAT2 in neuropsychiatric disorders is visible here .

The video may have been inspired by the book “The God Gene: How Faith Is Hardwired into Our Genes” by Dr Dean Hamer ( here ). The book discusses how “a variation in the VMAT2 gene plays a role in one’s openness to spiritual experiences” ( here , here ).

Since at least 2011, the video has been subject to scrutiny over its origins and creation on many online forums providing different theories (examples here and here ). Some point to awkward lip syncing or tones of voice, others to the large font used for the date and timestamps, and some hint the men in the video may be actors (at the very end the speaker looks straight at the camera awkwardly).

The video includes images of brain scans (visible at 3:13 youtu.be/jRg41D8SOq0?t=193 ). Posts on Metabunk’s forum ( here ) place the images of the brain scans as coming from a 2010 case article on Neurology.org titled “A case of confusion and bilateral temporal lesions in a young woman” ( here ). Both images in the video take the brain scan labelled “B” in the article have overwritten it with color for supposed brain activity.

Leadstories, in its factcheck of this video, points to a trailer for “FunVax” ( here ) and a now-defunct Kickstarter campaign for a documentary that would explore whether this video is a hoax or not ( here ). FunVaxDoc’s YouTube account includes videos discussing the documentary and a presumed trailer.

It remains unclear if the video was created as a prank, a creative project, or out of genuine belief in the conspiracy. However, details in the video hint toward it being staged and not an authentic “leak”, and higher definition versions clearly show the presenter is not Bill Gates.

While it is unclear if the video is a hoax or prank, this video does not feature Bill Gates talking to the Pentagon about a vaccination for religious fundamentalists.

Author Details
Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.
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3 COMMENTS

  1. Cheers, Ian! I was waiting for this article a thousand years. Because some of my friends make me a tiger in rage, sending me this video achinea. I will share your article to some of them. Let them recall how to use yandex site translate. But i don’t live in illusions, – if their brains are married to the pornography horror of conspiracy, then nothing will help ’em. Only a hard labour )

    • Enjoy! As Jim Dean likes to say ‘you can’t make this shit up…’

  2. There is no more fertile ground for misinformation than the vulnerable. Who has access to them and what they are teaching should be supervised and certainly not tax payer incentivized.
    If a person sells a product and it does not do what they claim, they are sued and put out of business and rightly so. That standard should be applied to spiritual claims.